I manage my chronic pain without drugs. So I’m always interested in trying something new.
Through the years, I’ve tried a wide range of natural remedies and natural healing methods.
So, when I found out about acupressure mats, I couldn’t wait to order one.
One person in my Facebook group called Kicking Fibro Naturally used one. But she didn’t think it helped.
Another person, though, did say she saw some benefits. I figured I’d never know until I tried. So I decided to order an acupressure mat and see for myself.
Do Acupressure Mats Work For Fibromyalgia?
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I’ve been battling chronic pain for more than a decade. So I have a good idea of what will probably work and what probably won’t work.
I also know that nerve inflammation tends to be stubborn. It comes and goes. It flares. You may have some good days. But, then it comes back with a vengeance.
Because my problem was so severe (but I know manage it quite well with natural remedies) I didn’t expect an acupressure mat to be the total solution.
Actually, I don’t expect any one remedy or healing method to solve my problem. Instead, I viewed the acupressure mat as one more tool in my ever rotating arsenal of natural remedies. I’m of the mind it’s all the many little things we do for our health that add up.
Acupressure mats don’t cost much. They’re easy to use. They’re drug free. Others have found relief by using them.
So there was no reason for me not to order an acupressure mat. You can see the brand I bought below.
Do Acupressure Mats Work for Pain?
The acupressure mat I ordered, as you can see above, has two pieces. The flat surface is designed to deliver gentle acupressure as you lie down. The curved pillow with little spikes is supposed to be the neck rest. I did find it a little uncomfortable. So I tend to lie flat on the mat.
I’ve found I use the curved part more. This is also designed to be used for foot acupressure. Given my schedule, I find it easier to use than the flat part of the mat. That’s because I can use it on my feet while I’m working. It’s difficult to find time to lie on an acupressure mat during the day. So the plan is to use it at night, while I’m lying on the couch watching TV.
Do Acupressure Mats Work for Neck Pain?
Sometimes I use the curved mat on my neck while I’m sitting up. It seems to work better that way for me.
Overall, I’ve been really happy with my acupressure mat. I periodically see my chiropractor for shoulder and neck pain. I thought I’d need to again. The pain seemed to be coming back. But then, it mysteriously went away. The only thing I’ve done differently is the acupressure mat. So it’s possible it’s helping.
It would be difficult for me to prove the acupressure mat helped my neck. So I won’t crawl out on a limb and say that’s what did it. But the mat seems to be doing something positive. I’m really happy I bought it. But I can’t claim or promise it will help anyone else.
Do Acupressure Mats Work?
If you’re thinking of trying an acupressure mat, it’s probably a good idea to see what others are saying about it. That’s what I did before buying. I’d also recommend having a realistic expectation of what to expect. It would be unrealistic to expect one type of treatment, in and of itself, to bring deep and long-lasting relief. You might get lucky. But I think this would be the extreme exception, rather than the rule.
For most of us, I highly doubt there is one single treatment or remedy that will cure. Instead, to find long-lasting healing, I tried many many times. A lot of them worked. Some of them didn’t.
I couldn’t find any studies showing conclusively that acupressure mats can help relieve fibromyalgia pain. However, I did find one paper that summarized a number of previous studies. The authors concluded that electro-acupuncture seemed to show some results in pain relief, although they believed treatments must be maintained to keep seeing these benefits.
One online acupuncturist wrote a post in which he believed acupressure mats were useful. But not as effective as well targeted individualized treatments.
From personal experience, I’m convinced that energy medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic care and homeopathy are among some of the best treatments for chronic pain. I have a wonderful chiropractor and I take well-selected homeopathic remedies. Given that I’m already seeing a wonderful energy medicine practitioner, I’m hoping my acupressure mat will eliminate the need for seeing a professional acupuncturist.